hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Recent Examples on the Web About 30 million children worldwide are so hungry that their bodies are wasting away. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Food supplements that alter gut bacteria could ‘cure’ malnutrition," 7 Apr. 2021 Those who get hungry between meals can pick from the self-serve snack basket (similar to what JetBlue offers on its other flights), and kick back with a complimentary glass of wine or cocktail. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "JetBlue's Transatlantic Economy Class Is Complete With ‘Farm to In-flight’ Meals, Unlimited Wi-Fi, More," 6 Apr. 2021 Day 1 is Amazon shorthand for staying hungry, making bold decisions and never forgetting about the customer. New York Times, "Amazon’s Clashes With Labor: Days of Conflict and Control," 5 Apr. 2021 The app hit at the perfect moment as the pandemic limited face-to-face interaction and left the world hungry for more connection. Rhett Power, Forbes, "How To Use Clubhouse To Expand Your Influence," 4 Apr. 2021 The Cardinal are too skilled, too deep and too hungry to let this opportunity slip away. San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford vs. Arizona women's NCAA title predictions: Anyone dare pick Wildcats?," 3 Apr. 2021 Baylor's roster is virtually the same in 2020-21 as compared to 2019-20 – except every player is more seasoned and hungry to win. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Five bold predictions for the men's NCAA Tournament Final Four," 1 Apr. 2021 DeAndre Hopkins, arguably the best wide receiver on the planet, is returning and will be hungry to succeed with his former Texans teammate by his side once again. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Watt signing among 'riskiest' in NFL free agency in 2021," 31 Mar. 2021 Every snippet of information about the show has left us hungry for more, from the lush New Zealand locations to the news that Saint Maud’s Morfydd Clark will play the elf Galadriel. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "6 Amazon Prime Originals Worth Getting Excited About This Year," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Hungry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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